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|Quarrel with bread and butter|
What does Quarrel with bread and butter mean?
| Bread and butter, here, indicate the means of one’s living. (That is why we say ‘he is the bread winner of the family’). If a sub-ordinate in an organisation is quarrelsome or if he is not patient enough to bear the reprimand he deserves, gets angry and retorts or provokes the higher-up, the top man dismisses him from the job. So, he loses the job that gave him bread and butter. Hence we say, he quarrelled with bread and butter (manager or the top man) and lost his job.|
Some Random Idioms
|in one`s tracks|
What does "in one`s tracks" mean?
| abruptly, immediately, just where one is at the moment||I stopped in my tracks when I saw the snake on the road. |
|becoming on/to (someone)|
What does "becoming on/to (someone)" mean?
| to make someone look good||
The red dress looked very becoming on my girlfriend.
|to the contrary|
What does "to the contrary" mean?
| contrary to what has been stated/thought||Everybody thought that the boy was bored at the dinner but to the contrary he was quite interested.|
What does "die away" mean?
| to gradually get lower and then disappear (often said about noise)||
The noise of the airplane slowly died away.
|back out (something) from a parking space or back (something) out of a parking space|
What does "back out (something) from a parking space or back (something) out of a parking space" mean?
| to drive a vehicle out of a parking space||
The woman backed the car out of the parking space.
What does "horse hockey" mean?
|horse dung; horse feces; nonsense|
What does "dyed-in-the-wool" mean?
| permanent, always (like wool that is dyed a certain color)||My father is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative and he will probably never change.|
|wrap around one`s finger|
What does "wrap around one`s finger" mean?
| have complete control over someone and be able to make them do anything you want||She has her boss wrapped around her finger and can do anything that she wants.|
What does "Four-eyes" mean?
| A person who wears glasses|
|huff and puff|
What does "huff and puff" mean?
| breathe very hard||I was huffing and puffing when I reached the top of the stairs. |
What does "at length" mean?
| in detail, finally||
The speaker talked at length about the new product.
|smart money is on (something)|
What does "smart money is on (something)" mean?
| people who know about money or business think that something is a good idea||The smart money is on the government to introduce the new law this week.|